Monday morning is around the corner again. However, there’s no need to dread it as much as we do. You can do several productive things on Sunday to make your Mondays more enjoyable and set yourself up for success throughout the week. By fully recharging, getting ahead, and preparing accordingly on Sunday, you’ll be more motivated and excited to take on whatever challenges the week throws you. Trust me, it’s possible. So, let’s dive into ten ways to give yourself a Sunday reset and start looking forward to Mondays. Get ready to crush your goals and have your best week yet!
- Grocery Shop & Prepare Meals
Meal prepping isn’t as complicated as it seems. With some preparation, we can have better-for-you options throughout the week. We should prioritize nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and clean protein when grocery shopping. It’s also helpful to do some meal prepping by chopping or roasting veggies, washing fruit, and preparing a grain or a protein. Taking care of our health is an expression of self-love, and choosing foods we enjoy and supporting our health is a meaningful way to invest in our well-being. Meal prepping is a basic Sunday ritual that can set us up for weekly success. It’s important to find the best meal-prepping method, whether planning meals and grocery shopping, preparing essential dishes to reuse during the week, or simply prepping ingredients to make cooking easier. By doing this, we can ensure we have easy, healthy meals ready, even on our busiest days.
2. Prioritize Self-Care
A little self-care Sunday can go a long way in making you feel relaxed and pampered going into the week. It’s not just about feeling good, but also looking your best. To get started, create a soothing atmosphere by diffusing essential oils, playing calming music, and wearing a comfy robe. Make sure to have all your favorite beauty products, whether a face mask or a vitamin C serum. Take a long shower and treat yourself to an at-home beauty session.
3. Write To-Do List For The Week
Making a to-do list with specific goals in mind can be a powerful tool to help you prioritize your time and focus on what matters most. Although we all have mundane tasks and chores, it’s important to identify the ones that can be outsourced or delegated and prioritize the activities that will bring us closer to our objectives. By doing this, we can ensure that we’re spending our time and energy most effectively. So, next time you’re putting off that workout or brainstorming meeting, remember that it could be the key to achieving your goals and progressing toward the life you want.
4. Clean Your Space
It’s easy to underestimate the impact of clutter on your mental well-being. However, a cluttered space can lead to a chaotic mind. That’s why dedicating a short time on your Sunday to take care of some household chores, like running the dishwasher, wiping off kitchen counters, and putting away laundry, can go a long way in creating a less cluttered bedroom and a clean kitchen. These minor improvements can help you sleep better at night and feel more at ease during the day. Even if you have a busy week ahead, tackling some of those neglected chores can significantly affect how manageable your week feels. You don’t have to start with deep cleaning the bathroom or organizing the hallway closet. Starting with simple tasks like doing dishes, wiping counters, folding blankets, stacking coasters, and putting away clothes can significantly improve your home environment and how you feel for the rest of the week.
5. Schedule and Plan Workouts
Planning workouts can be pretty time-consuming, but making time for them is essential. To make things easier, many fitness enthusiasts recommend scheduling your workouts in advance, preferably on a Sunday. This way, you can mentally and physically prepare for the week ahead and ensure that you’re ready to exercise when the time comes. It’s important to treat your scheduled workouts with the same commitment as any other important event on your calendar. Showing up on time and being prepared can help you stay on track with your fitness goals and achieve your desired results.
6. Organize Space
For the most productive, positive start to your week, having a clean and organized workspace is important. A cluttered workspace can lead to stress, feeling overwhelmed, and even anxiety, especially at the start of a busy week. Invest in desk essentials to tidy up your workspace, clean your desk drawers, and even wipe down your computer to minimize these negative emotions. If you don’t have a workspace, you can still experience the benefits of a clean and organized desktop. Remember, tidying up on Sunday can go a long way towards a more productive and positive week ahead.
It is not advisable to be connected to technology all the time without any break. If your weeks feel overwhelming and Sundays are scary, consider doing a temporary digital detox to reduce stress. Mindlessly scrolling through social media or peeking at your work email may seem harmless, but they could make you feel drained and waste the last part of your weekend. Unless your job requires you to be on call, deactivate all work notifications over the weekend to avoid having your phone become a source of anxiety unless you set aside intentional time to get ahead before Monday. Even if you’re getting ahead on work, try putting your phone on “Do Not Disturb” or temporary locks on social media apps so you can truly recharge.
Being outdoors can boost your mood and help ease stress to feel happier and more relaxed. Even just 20 minutes of sitting or going on a walk outside can elevate your mood and help foster essential skills that contribute to happiness, like confidence, kindness, and the feeling of awe. Take it outdoors for an instant pep in your step, making you feel good for the rest of the week.